Trump signs executive orders aimed at oil and gas industry

Posted at 10:09 AM, Apr 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-10 20:36:18-04

Update 6:20 p.m. Republicans fossil-fuel-rich states praised Trump’s signing of the executive action, saying it will boost rural economies.

“It is a welcome change to see the federal government taking steps to help encourage American energy development instead of looking for more ways to throw up red tape to block it,” Enzi said. “I appreciate that President Trump is looking to tear down or clarify unnecessary regulations that discourage healthy energy development that helps create jobs and strengthens our energy exports. Projects like the Millennium Bulk Terminal in Washington would provide a boost not only for Wyoming’s coal mines, but for America’s economy as a whole.”

President Trump plans to sign two executive orders Wednesday aimed at speeding up oil and gas projects.

The executive action will make it easier for American energy companies to build oil and gas pipelines, and harder for state agencies to intervene.

It will also give the president sole responsibility for approving or denying pipelines, and other infrastructure that cross international borders.

The move follows the president’s decision last month to issue a new permit for the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline.

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